El Dorado Hills man accused of mortgage fraud in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and two accomplices were indicted last week by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. Anthony Salcedo, 30, of El Dorado Hills; Sean McClendon, 45, of West Sacramento; and Anthony Williams, 44, of Carmichael; face 30 years in prison and up to $1 million […]

Missing Chihuahua begs question: Pet thefts linked to economy?

CAMERON PARK — It’s been nearly one week since 15-year-old Tyrone Scalero lost Tilley, his best friend. It was a scene that had played out many times before: The teen, with his four-legged companion safely in tow, rode his bike to the Bel Air shopping center on Palmer Drive in Cameron Park on Aug. 21. […]

DFG offers one-day waterfowl hunting clinic

The California Department of Fish and Games Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a waterfowl hunting clinic on Oct. 29 in Northern California. The clinic will be held at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This clinic is for hunters of all skill levels. Two experienced instructors, DFG Assistant […]

$5 million program for forest and watershed projects

AUBURN – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Governing Board is set to consider proposed guidelines for a $5 million grant program designed to promote “healthy forests” at its Sept. 8 quarterly meeting in Alturas, Modoc County. Funding for the grant program will come from Proposition 84 bond funds and will be made available through a competitive grant […]

Heard over the back fence: 5 bucks gets you a bag o’ books

GLUTTED GARAGE:
 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is available: “If you think space is the final frontier, you should see my garage.” • • • BOOK LOVERS GET-TOGETHER:
 The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can […]

Dinner for Pollock Library

A dinner 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Pollock Pines Community Center will benefit the Pollock Pines Library. Dinner is tri-tip sandwiches, chicken or vegetable lasagna, Entertainment includes Charla the story-teller and music by Cowboy Neal. Dinner, including salad and dessert, is $12, with children admitted for $8 and under 5 for free.

Mystery casino safe unopened

Learn more about the safe SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The owner of the casino building where a hidden safe was found last week has had more trouble than initially anticipated opening the relic. Two locksmiths and a safecracker have attempted to open the safe to no avail, Mike Laub said. A previous attempt to open the […]

Report details Machado’s code violations

A report, requested by Vice Mayor Mark Acuna at the July 26 Placerville City Council meeting about code violations on Councilman Dave Machado’s Mosquito Road property was made public by the city today. This report is not in response to the District Attorney’s charges against Machado, but a report in response to concerns brought forward […]

Wife of ex-EID official arrested

August has been a month the Korkowskis would like to forget. Two weeks ago former El Dorado Irrigation hydro operations co-head Mark Korkowski pleaded no contest to a felony embezzlement count in an El Dorado County courtroom. Days later, the 53-year-old was extradited to Louisiana on suspicion of embezzling $292,000 from a construction company. On Monday his […]

EDH manager defends self at meeting

Embattled El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel appeared in the CSD gym Tuesday night with his two lawyers to answer charges that he violated whistleblower statutes, tried to lay off his human resources manager and his assistant general manager without board approval, attempted to “sneak” a raise and an hours increase […]

Ron Thompson reinvents auto business: Key word — ‘adapt’

Ron Thompson started in the automotive business at age 17 as the “wash boy” for the Frank Hurling Chevrolet dealership in Sacramento. “They had 600 cars, plus RVs,” he said. He worked his way up in the company, step by step, until he finally reached the top after 26 years and became general manager. His […]

Public speaks out for embattled Skeel

Several residents and employees, current and former, spoke out during the Tuesday night face-off between El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel and the CSD Board of Directors, who are in the process of terminating him. El Dorado Hills activist “Buzz” Nunn told the board that he thought they’d lost their way. […]

City clarifies its position on ex-Mayor Machado

Press Release City of Placerville Aug. 23: “On Aug. 18 Dave Machado, mayor of Placerville was arrested by the EI Dorado County district attorney. Two charges were filed against Mr.Machado, conspiracy and perjury. Both are in relation to real properties in the city of Placerville with which it is alleged that Mr.Machado is associated. “At […]

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer to serve a meal to the needy

TEMPORARY INSANITY:
 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Gone Crazy — Be Back Shortly.” The ladies at the Mountain Democrat office felt I should wear this T-shirt. Why would they say that? • • • HELPING HANDS NEEDED: 
The Upper Room continues to offer a free dinner to those in need. Volunteers are needed to […]

Suspected identity thieves busted; Shingle Springs mail reportedly involved

Two Northern California men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing mail from Shingle Springs residents and then spending more than $100,000 throughout the region. Michael Ross, 27, of Folsom, and Vyacheslav Berezenko, 23, of Sacramento, were booked earlier this week into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and identity theft after […]

Correction

In an Aug. 17 story about the recovery of Angora Creek Hannah Shembri of Lahontan Water Quality Control Board staff said vegetation management projects under 500 acres go to TRPA for review. However Doug Smith, manager of the Lahontan Planning and Restoration Division, said Shembri was “unaware of the recent court ruling requiring all vegetation […]

Bowling alley repairs begin in Pollock

POLLOCK PINES — When a collapsed roof closed Knotty Pine Lanes five months ago, owners swore the Pollock Pines bowling alley would reopen. On Wednesday, that promise came one step closer to reality. Roofing repairs of the beloved bowling alley began in earnest Wednesday after months of waiting. General contractor Mike Gerondakis, of Gerondakis & […]

$4.5 million secured for Tahoe bike projects

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Funding of $4.5 million for two bikeway projects at Lake Tahoe has been secured by Tahoe Transportation District through the Nevada Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Development of a 3.2 mile segment between Stateline and Round Hill at South Shore – part of an eventual 43 mile […]

Embattled El Dorado Hills CSD general manager answers charges

EL DORADO HILLS — Embattled El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel and his two lawyers appeared in the CSD gym Tuesday night to answer charges that he violated whistleblower statutes, tried to lay-off his human resources manager and his assistant general manager without board approval, attempted to “sneak” a raise and […]

Miwoks to open huge health clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has announced Monday, Oct. 3, as the opening date for the new Community Health Clinic, located adjacent to Red Hawk Casino at Red Hawk Parkway. The 60,000-square-foot clinic, which includes two floors of parking, replaces the existing 17,000-square-foot facility located on Mother Lode in Shingle […]

Machado voted out as mayor

A late amendment to the Aug. 23 Placerville City Council agenda calling for the removal of Mayor Dave Machado and to request that Machado take a leave of absence from his position on the City Council brought the concerned, the curious and four camera crews to City Council Chambers on Tuesday. Machado, 53, was arrested […]

Machado removed as mayor of Placerville by unanimous vote

David Machado no longer is mayor of Placerville, after his four colleagues on the City Council voted unanimously to remove him from that post Tuesday evening. The council also voted to ask the disgraced Machado, arrested last week on felony charges alleging perjury and conspiracy to commit crimes, to step down from the council altogether, […]

9-2-11 Arthritis Foundation presents “Walk with Ease”

STROLLING FOR YOUR HEALTH: The Arthritis Foundation’s “Walk with Ease” program is scheduled for a kick-off lunch meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Town Center, El Dorado Hills. Meet at the outside amphitheater, near the Town Center pond. The walking program will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept. 19 […]

9-2-11 Diabetes class at Midtown Mall

UNDERSTANDING DIABETES: Thanks to the Marshall Medical Center, a class titled “Diabetes Essentials” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. This class is designed to have you have a better understanding of diabetes, and you will learn how to control blood glucose and […]

8-31-11 Volunteer drivers needed for meal deliveries

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: Volunteer drivers are needed in the Placerville and Georgetown areas to deliver meals to home-bound seniors. Volunteers are asked to drive one day a week on a regularly scheduled day. The deliveries take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon. If you would like to volunteer, call 530-621-6160.

New Morning director gets a break

David Ashby, executive director of New Morning Youth and Family Services, won’t be at the helm when the move to the new  facility takes place. He’ll be on a well-earned sabbatical courtesy of The California Wellness Foundation. Asbhy, 60, was one of eight executive directors in California whose organization received grants of $35,000 to cover the […]

Youth find asylum for over 4 decades

Shelter: to cover, protect, defend; provide refuge.  For 41 years, from host family homes to a tiny house to a beautiful, new 12 bed home, New Morning Youth and Family Services has been quietly sheltering the youth of El Dorado County, providing a safe place with a listening ear and an open heart to nurture the […]

Hidden safe found in casino

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A funny thing happened on the way to the CVS. While demolishing a wall on the second floor of the former Bill’s casino building late Thursday afternoon, construction crews found a long forgotten part of Lake Tahoe’s history — an approximately 4-foot tall, locked black safe. The safe was hidden underneath a […]

El Dorado Hills CSD: Former dept. manager sues

EL DORADO HILLS — A former El Dorado Hills Community Services District department manager went public last week accusing the already battered district of wrongful termination and a basketful of inappropriate and illegal acts. Former public information officer and Support Services manager Deborah “Debbie” Kiley filed suit in El Dorado County Superior Court on July […]

Killer caught after 36 years on run

A convicted murderer who escaped from an El Dorado County inmate work crew was apprehended Friday after nearly 40 years on the lam. William Walter Asher III, 66, was arrested Friday morning without incident by  a team of FBI agents and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies at his home in Salida, near Modesto in Stanislaus County. […]

8-31-11 EDHS alumni picnic at High Hill Ranch

EDHS ALUMNI PICNIC: The El Dorado Union High School Alumni Association has scheduled their annual picnic for Sunday, Sept. 11, at noon, at High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Road, Placerville. Anyone who has graduated from El Dorado High School is welcome. There is no cost. Bring your own picnic or buy your lunch at […]

8-31-11 EDH Genealogical Society meeting

WRITING ABOUT FAMILY: On Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6:15 to 8 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet in the community room at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. The guest speaker will be Marian Kile. She will provide tips for writing short stories about our ancestors. […]

Mittelman: Murder trial to start soon

The first-degree murder trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of gunning down his ex-wife is on schedule to begin at the end of this month. During a brief pretrial hearing in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday, attorneys confirmed that jury selection for the Steven Howard Mittelman murder trial should start Aug. […]

Salon owners blend business and charity

EL DORADO HILLS — When Dave Condell and fiancée Tien Nguyen purchased the El Dorado Hills Salon a little less than two months ago they knew they wanted to reinvent the business. They wanted it to be so much more than a place to get highlights and pedicures. Condell, 46, and Nguyen, 36, wanted to build […]

Heard over the back fence: Concert Thursday in EDH

A DIFFERENT GOLDEN RULE?
 My pal John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement, which may be a tad cynical: “Do unto others the same crap they’ve done to you.” • • • FREE CONCERT:
 Concerts are still being held at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steve Young Amphitheater, at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The Aug. […]

EID board unanimous on new map

With four alternative redistricting maps to study since its last meeting Aug. 8, it didn’t take long for the El Dorado Irrigation District to decide on one map Monday. The unanimous choice Aug. 22 also won universal praise from the three audience members most interested in redistricting. Despite the 5-0 vote for Alternative 6, Board […]

Test results show local students above state average

El Dorado County students again performed significantly higher than the state average on the 2011 California Standards Tests in all academic areas, according to results released Monday. The CST, a part of the California State Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, measures student knowledge based on the California Academic Content Standards, which experts say are […]

Chairman of the Board — down and dirty

Ray Nutting is the 2011 chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He spends 80 to 90 percent of his work week on county business. Mountain Democrat photographer Pat Dollins remarked on the way back from a visit to Nutting’s South County ranch, “That guy needs about a 72 hour day — and […]

Rubicon Trail gets another dusting off

El Dorado County presides over about 70 miles of dirt roads, some of them within the jurisdiction of the Eldorado National Forest. Portions of the Rubicon Trail are included in that total and have been since about 50 years before the National Forest existed. County Supervisor Jack Sweeney told his fellow supervisors Tuesday that the […]

Family in murder case frustrated at latest delay

It has been more than three years since former Bay Area cop Morris Greenberg, 40, allegedly shot 26-year-old Anthony Dumont before turning the gun on himself at a Somerset residence. But on Friday, friends and relatives of the slain Grizzly Flat man learned that the start of the suspected shooter’s trial would be delayed once […]

Search for new Cameron Park GM continues

CAMERON PARK — Selecting a new general manager for the Cameron Park Community Services District is still in progress. Rusty Dupray, currently the interim general manager for the CPCSD, said candidates were interviewed the weekend of Aug. 13-14. After the district’s Board of Directors met at the Cameron Park Community Center Wednesday night, Dupray said three […]

Heard over the back fence: Final Forester ‘Tips for Kids’ night due

BOW TO THE QUEEN:
 John Chapman of Folsom provided the following plaque statement: “When the Queen is Happy there is Peace in the Kingdom.” • • • TIPS FOR THE KIDS:
 The Camino Community Action Committee will have its last “Server Night” 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Road. This benefit “Servers […]

City issues statement about mayor’s arrest

A press release received on Aug. 19 about the arrest of Placerville Mayor David Machado from City Manager Cleve Morris states: “In light of the arrest and charges brought against Mayor Dave Machado on Thursday, August 18, 2011, the City of Placerville issues the following statement: “We are deeply saddened and concerned with the charges […]

Officials react to mayor’s arrest: Vice mayor calls for Machado to step down

Read the original story about the arrest here It’s becoming a virtual blitzkreig as bombshells keep dropping about Placerville Mayor David Machado. Machado was arrested Thursday, Aug. 18, on suspicion of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to property he owned on Broadway. “This is a sad day for Placerville,” said Placerville […]